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Kerry pushes back on Israeli criticism of Iran nuke talks

MONTREUX, Switzerland — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry challenged critics of a nuclear deal being negotiated with Iran to come up with a better alternative Wednesday, in a spirited rebuke to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s claims that the emerging pact would leave Tehran just a step away from making atomic arms.

Washington cherry blossoms to peak April 11 to 14

WASHINGTON — With a wintry mix likely headed toward the region and some snow and ice still on the ground, the National Park Service gave D.C. residents a glimpse of spring on Tuesday, announcing peak bloom time for Washington’s famed cherry blossom trees will be between April 11 and April 14.

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Snowden leak: NSA helped British steal cell phone codes

WASHINGTON — Britain’s electronic spying agency, in cooperation with the U.S. National Security Agency, hacked into the networks of a Dutch company to steal codes that allow both governments to seamlessly eavesdrop on mobile phones worldwide, according to the documents given to journalists by Edward Snowden.

Key Ukraine town under rebel control, separatists celebrate

DEBALTSEVE, Ukraine — For the rebel fighters who seized control of this strategic town, Thursday was a day of jubilation and bragging of victory. The retreating Ukrainian soldiers were grim, stunned and relieved to have escaped with their lives as the scope of their losses became clearer: at least 13 dead and hundreds missing, captured or wounded.